Berlin revising Jewish immigration rules

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20 December 2004 , BERLIN - Germany is soon to revise its regulations governing Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in a "delicate" matter involving Israeli criticism about the fact that more Jews have been going to Germany than to Israel in recent years. An Interior Ministry spokesman, Rainer Lingenthal, confirmed that Berlin is now consulting with the Central Council of Jews in Germany and with the Union of Progressive Jews. A decision in the "very delicate issue" would come within the framework of co

20 December 2004  

BERLIN - Germany is soon to revise its regulations governing Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in a "delicate" matter involving Israeli criticism about the fact that more Jews have been going to Germany than to Israel in recent years.

An Interior Ministry spokesman, Rainer Lingenthal, confirmed that Berlin is now consulting with the Central Council of Jews in Germany and with the Union of Progressive Jews.

A decision in the "very delicate issue" would come within the framework of consultations between the Interior Ministry and the interior ministers of the German states, he said.

According to a report in the Israeli paper Yedioth Ahronot, the government in Jerusalem wants Berlin to stop according Jewish immigrants a special status under which Jews from Eastern Europe are given various forms of support in starting a new life in Germany.

Over the past three years, more Jews from the region of the former Soviet Union have chosen to live in Germany rather than in Israel.

Jewish immigration to Germany has surged in the period after the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in the 1989-1990 period. There are now some 83 Jewish communities around Germany, with more than 100,000 members.

Under a special policy decision by the federal German government and the states in January, 1991, Jews from Eastern Europe are accorded priority treatment in matters of family reunification and other aspects encouraging their immigration into Germany.

State support to aid their integration into society, as well as language courses, job training and social welfare support are also provided for them.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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